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Anyuak mat (par)

Date Made: By 1936 and collected by Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Anyuak mat

This type of small mat was used to cover food and drink, and is known in Anyuak as par. Square mat woven from narrow strips of grass stem fibre, lain side by side and sewn together with lengths of yellow twisted fibre cord running at right angles to the strips. There is a double row of stitching along the upper and lower edges of the square, while the side edges have been reinforced with a short round sectioned twig - there are 2 such pieces along each side, with a narrow gap in the centre where they meet.